National Space Centre

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The award winning National Space Centre is the UK's largest attraction dedicated to space. From the minute you catch sight of the Space Centre's futuristic Rocket Tower, you'll be treated to hours of breathtaking discovery and interactive fun.

Think you'll never see the whole universe close-up? Then take a seat in our high-tech full domed Space Theatre and prepare to be amazed.

The National Space Centre hosts many exciting weekend events - see our website for full details.

Venue Type:

Museum, Science centre

Opening hours

School Term Time - Tue-Sun 10am to 4pm
School Holidays - Mon-Sun 10am to 5pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day

Admission charges

Adult £12,
Child (5-16) £11
Concession (over 60,NUS,Disability) £11
Family 4 £41
Family 5 £51

All tickets valid for one year (restrictions apply)

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An e-Mission is an exciting simulated mission delivered through live video conferencing and dedicated web pages. Students in a classroom anywhere in the world and the Flight Directors at the National Space Centre’s e-Mission Control can link up using the latest video conferencing and Internet technology. e-Missions provide the excitement of the mission scenario to inspire students and encourage the use of new technology in education.
The areas of the National Curriculum it covers are…
Science - Physical science, scientific process, ideas and evidence and Maths.
Maths - Graphical analysis, plotting data, map coordinates.
Citizenship - Working responsibly and cooperatively, humanitarian n

How to obtain

For further details Tel: 0116 258 2111

Challenger Learning Centre

Participants run their mission in a highly themed environment where they take on roles within a Mission Control and Space Station, becoming medical officers, Martian geologists, spacecraft navigators, satellite engineers etc. Working towards the mission objectives creates an exciting team environment, which exposes participants to the demands of co-operation, problem-solving, communication and decision-making. Learning is rarely such fun!
The missions last approximately 2½ hours. Morning missions start at 10.00am, afternoon missions start at 1.00pm. We recommend that you arrive half an hour before your mission starts. We can also run missions in the evenings and at weekends. Suitable for 1

How to obtain

For further details Tel: 0116 258 2111


AstraZeneca Stardome is a portable, inflatable planetarium, which fits into most school halls or gyms. 25 adults or 30 children are able to take part in a session within the dome at any one time.
AstraZeneca Stardome recreates a perfectly dark night sky with hundreds of brilliant points of light splashed across the inside of the dome. The stars and planets are projected into their positions for any time of the year. Enhance this further with beautiful, full colour images, state of the art animations, the latest images from space missions, projectors that join the “dots” and draw the constellation pictures, and you have a show that will entrance your students. The presenters use a range of

How to obtain

For bookings and further enquiries please contact us:
Tel: 0116 258 2111

National Space Centre
Exploration Drive




Information & Tickets

0845 605 2001

Groups and Schools

0116 258 2111


0116 258 2100

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